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Poster: chris in long beach Date: Jun 20, 2011 4:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two drummers

I'm going to be one of those assholes that responds w/o having an answer, sorry :)

I guess I'm responding because, well, except for some of the early stuff I can't even hear two drummers (except if I listen really hard and can hear two different snare sounds, etc).

Are most of you able to hear two drummers?

I much prefer the "sound" of one drummer. Because, hey, even if most of the time I can't hear two drummers, two drum sets still take up a lot of sonic space. The other instruments get a lot more breathing room with one drummer.

Plus, with one drummer, there probably wouldn't have been a drums/space segment :)

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Poster: utopian Date: Jun 22, 2011 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two drummers

Two drummers is such a progression from the Country Folk jazz based era of 70-74. They were trying to redefine their sound.... again. While i can enjoy the cream of 73-74 (especially tidh 73) the sound is dated and has too much country twang for my liking. It was not a sustainable timeless sound, like they were trying to tap into. Micky was brought back to keep the sound on a foreward cohesive track, on the one (for any funk fans.) The post hiatus sound was much more linear and danceable, something 73-74 was not. Gotta keep the kids dancing.

Some say, 'two drummers is too much.'

I say, the dead started to hit their stride in 77

Understandably some can not hear or distinguish the sound. A good pair of headphones help or balanced speaker placement at a moderate + volume.

here are some highlights that can help you distinguish the two drummer sound.
Uncle Johns Band
I know you rider